Celtics

WATCH: Jaylen Brown denies Kevin Durant, Bruce Brown with emphatic swats

Celtics

The Boston Celtics have been one of, if not the very best, defensive teams in the NBA over the course of the 2021-22 season. 

With a league-best 106.2 defensive rating in the regular season, Boston's defensive intensity is one of its key strengths as it opens up the postseason against the Brooklyn Nets.

While Marcus Smart and (when healthy) Robert Williams III have been the driving forces behind Boston's defensive prowess, it was Jaylen Brown leaving his mark with a pair of seismic blocks for the Celtics in the third quarter of Game 1. 

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First up, it was Brown sending a Kevin Durant offering into the stands:

That was merely an appetizer for Brown's swat on Bruce Brown later on, a play which could be chalked up to pure hustle up and down the floor:

The Celtics are going to need more of that from Brown moving forward against the Nets, especially until the Time Lord can return.